A presidential chain of office belonging to a respected Leeds voluntary organisation has been stolen in a burglary.
The ceremonial chain dates back to the formation of the Garforth and District Lions Club in 1972 and carries the name of each president who has served the group on a year-by-year basis since then.
Consisting of a blue sash and a brass fob bearing the Lions emblem, the chain was taken during a break-in at a house in east Leeds earlier this month.
Now the club’s current president, Leeds councillor Mark Dobson, has issued a public appeal for its safe return.
Coun Dobson said: “It would be wonderful to get it back. The chain is symbolic of a lot of hard work by a lot of people in Garforth and the surrounding areas over the last 42 years.
“When you wear it, you feel a great deal of pride in the club and its traditions.”
No one was at home at the time of the burglary, which happened in the middle of the day on Monday, October 6.
Electrical goods, jewellery and other items were also taken but they would prove relatively easy to replace, said Coun Dobson.
He went on: “We’ve been told the monetary worth of the chain is about £800 and insurance will cover that.
“It clearly has huge sentimental value as well, though, and to start all over again on that front would be a real disappointment.”
The chain is normally worn by the club’s president of the time to occasions such as dinners and its annual gala.
Anyone with information regarding the item’s whereabouts is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police via the force’s 101 phone number.
Garforth and District Lions Club carries out fundraising and voluntary work in the town as well as surrounding communities.